The WLGA has welcomed a Welsh Government budget that will help support continued improvement in local education services, while offering councils potentially greater financial flexibility.
The draft budget announced by Welsh Government sees a continued commitment to invest in education and protect funding for schools including the flagship Schools Challenge Cymru and 21st Century Schools Programmes delivered in partnership with schools and councils in Wales.
The draft budget signals a readiness to examine a simplification of the complex grant system used to fund local education services – a step that councils believe will increase their ability to respond more directly to the needs of their local schools and learners.
Commenting on the draft budget Councillor Ali Thomas OBE (Neath Port-Talbot), WLGA spokesperson for education said:
“Only last week we found out that Wales’ confirmed GCSE results were the best on record, a fact that testifies to how the positive and highly productive partnership that has developed between local councils and Welsh Government is placing educational standards in Wales firmly on an upwards trajectory.
“As the education inspectorate Estyn has acknowledged there is now a real sense of momentum within Wales’ education services. This draft budget offers significant additional investment into local education services to maintain this pace of change and deliver further improvements in the future.
“We now look forward to working with Welsh Government in the coming weeks to ensure that this investment is used as effectively and efficiently as possible.”